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Fitzwater, Post 202 sinks Post 211

June 20, 1999|By JACK HILL III

FUNKSTOWN - Williamsport Post 202 and Funkstown Post 211 have streaks going.

But, the two streaks are going in opposite directions.

Williamsport won its fourth straight district game by beating Funkstown 15-3 on Sunday in a Western Maryland District American Legion action.

The game was stopped after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.

It was the fifth consecutive loss for Funkstown (3-5 district, 13-6 overall).

J.R. Fitzwater gave up one earned run and two hits, while striking out seven batters, in six innings for Williamsport (5-4 district, 12-4 overall).

Fitzwater helped himself by hitting a two-run homer to left in the top of the third to cap a seven-run rally that gave Williamsport a 9-1 lead.

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"I tried to throw strikes and let my defense do the work," Fitzwater said. "Today, my teammates scored a lot of runs for me and that makes it easier to pitch."

Catcher Clint Lapole ripped a two-run triple to center and Duane Kline clubbed a two-run homer to left in the top of the seventh to increase Williamsport's advantage to 15-2.

Lapole finished with two hits and three RBIs.

"We came out ready to play and we swung the bats well," Lapole said. "We jumped out to an early lead and it helped."

Isaac Henry hit a two-run homer in the fifth as part of his two hits and three RBIs for Williamsport. Matt Bowman and Kline added two hits each for Williamsport.

Every Williamsport starter had at least one hit Sunday.

"J.R. Fitzwater did a nice job," Williamsport manager Scott Jennings said. "It's a tough park to pitch in. You have to make quality pitches or you're going to get hurt."

P.J. Hiser led Funkstown with two hits.

"You can't win ballgames with only four hits," Funkstown manager Darryl Powell said. "Offensively, we just totally shut down. We have gone from a team that was pretty much doing everything well to a team that is not doing anything well."

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